ISCF welcome introduction of STR Register but voices major concerns for tourism industry in 2023.
Release Date :- 07/12/22 @ 1:40pm
The Irish Self-Catering Federation welcome today’s announcement by Minister Catherine Martin in regard to the introduction of the short-term rental register.
The ISCF have been calling for a register since 2017.
Maire Ní Mhurchú, Cháir of the ISCF stated this morning that “we welcome the introduction of the register, and we also welcome the announcement of a six-month transitionary period which will give our members confidence to take bookings for the 2023 season. However, we are concerned that the management of the planning requirements across the board haven’t been fully resolved or considered. Every property undertaking registration (approx. 30k) will now require planning permission. We ask for clarity for our members, many of whom have been in business for over seven years, and we will continue to negotiate with government on their behalf over the next three-month pre-legislative period.”
With a quarter of Irish hotel bed-stock now under long term contract to the state, the tourism industry will be under intense pressure to meet accommodation demands in 2023 and beyond. Self-catering will play a vital role in meeting this demand, specifically in rural areas, along the Wild Atlantic Way, in areas of outstanding natural beauty and low-density areas.